South Dakota


Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis

Make Early Detection and Diagnosis of Alzheimer's a Priority in South Dakota

The Alzheimer's Association South Dakota will work closely with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and diagnosis, and will help provide the state's physicians with the tools they need to provide the best care and support for families recently impacted by an Alzheimer's/dementia diagnosis.

Advance Alzheimer's Policy

Support Legislation to Enact the South Dakota State Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

A voluntary group of stakeholders from across South Dakota (healthcare professionals, state agency officials, advocacy groups, legal and financial experts, care providers and family caregivers) came together to form the South Dakota Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Work Group. For nearly two years, the group conducted research, collected data and examined best practices in dementia care. Through these efforts they developed the state's first-ever State Plan on Alzheimer's and related dementias. The Plan and it's recommendations will be introduced to the Legislature in 2019. It is time to enact these recommendations!

South Dakota State Plan Overview

The South Dakota Alzheimer's/Dementia Work Group has been established to draft a state Alzheimer's plan. The Work Group conducted its first meeting in April 2017 and plans to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and host town halls across the state to seek public input, thanks in part to a South Dakota Community Foundation Community Innovation Grant. If you would like to participate in this process please contact the Alzheimer's Association's South Dakota Chapter.


South Dakota State Advocacy Day

February 08, 2019

Help us make Alzheimer's disease a priority in South Dakota during Alzheimer's Advocacy Day on Friday, February 8, 2019. Join us in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre for lunch with legislators. Tell them how Alzheimer's or dementia has impacted your family and why a State Plan is necessary to make sure infrastructure, resources and care are available to all South Dakotans impacted by this disease.

2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020

As an Alzheimer's advocate, you've worked to advance critical public policy, making a difference in the lives of all those impacted by Alzheimer's. Together we've achieved great increases in federal Alzheimer's research funding and secured critical advances in care and support. But we can't take our successes for granted — we need to keep the pressure on.

Join us in Washington for an inspiring three-day event filled with networking, training and education.

Be part of the movement that's making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's.

Sign Up to Learn More About Advocacy Opportunities in South Dakota

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State Affairs Contact Joseph Schartz | 605-759-8693 | [email protected]

Elected Officials

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in South Dakota

Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age

Year 65-74 75-84 85+ TOTAL
* Totals may not add due to rounding
2019 2,200 6,700 8,500 17,000
2025 2,800 8,300 9,100 20,000

Percentage change from 2019




Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2019)


change in costs from 2019 to 2025



per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2018 dollars)

HOSPICE (2016)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate



Number of Caregivers


Total Hours of Unpaid Care


Total Value of Unpaid Care


Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)


5th leading cause of death in South Dakota
6th highest Alzheimer's death rate in America
148% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

For more information, view the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at

U.S. Statistics

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and as many as 14 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to total $290 billion in 2019, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today's dollars) by mid-century. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia.